Looking for a Perl development position in London

Abigail abigail at abigail.be
Thu Feb 4 17:39:25 GMT 2010

On Thu, Feb 04, 2010 at 05:02:05PM +0000, Philip Potter wrote:
> On 4 February 2010 16:50, Dominic Thoreau <dominic at thoreau-online.net> wrote:
> > On 4 February 2010 16:29, Raphael Mankin <raph at mankin.org.uk> wrote:
> >>
> >> It's 9 months of full salary more expensive to hire a woman who gets
> >> pregnant, takes her full maternity leave and then decides not to return
> >> to work. Adding on to this  advertising, time to review CVs, time to
> >> interview and so on, the cost of recruitment can itself run into
> >> thousands.
> >
> > These days aren't parental leave rights extended to a fairly generous
> > degree towards the father as well?
> > IIRC if the mother wants to return to work the father can take
> > parental leave with very similar conditions (of course, since I have
> > no real possibility of being in this situation in the near future I
> > may have mis-remembered it)
> Statutory paternity leave is up to 2 weeks. There may be more generous
> employers but the law does not require it. But perhaps you're on to
> something -- make paternity and maternity rights more equal and it
> becomes less of an incentive to discriminate against childbearing-age
> women.

In the Netherlands, men can take paternity leave as well (at the expensive
of the maternity leave). I know couples who split up the leave, each
of them working half a week for the first couple of months.

But most of the time, it's the women who take the leave.


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